Falling Leaves is one of my favorite jackets, it is easy to wear and it has pockets. It is also a paintstik project that evolved, it started as a simple jacket and ended up rather dramatic, never fails to attract attention. The original panels are the ones you see on Hand Dyed Gold fabric. I uses a wide variety of leaf and vine stencils, Matte Sap Green and Meadow Green with a light wash of Iridescent Copper on the edges for the panels. Below is a close-up of the back panel. The black (Left Side) of the jacket is were it received it name, I was walking in the wood with the dogs and saw the leaves falling and knew that was the way to finish the jacket. The same paintstik colors but on black this time.
Fire Tree was inspired by wildfires, the colors and intensity of the wildfires are breathtaking and frightening at the same moment. Yes, I was up-close to several wildfires during my years of guiding in Alaska. It is a sight that stays with you.
Fire Tree started with a Hand Marbled Fat Quarter of Fire in Feathers Design. Branches Reversed 12″ x 12″ is the stencil with three paintstik colors, Matte Ivory Black, Chocolate or Asphaltum (I don’t remember which, Dark Brown is the key) and Iridescent Gold. Started by putting down a very light layer of Ivory Black as a primer, followed by a nice opaque layer of Dark Brown and finally a light wash of IR Gold to give depth and sparkle.
One of these days quilting will happen, but currently I am far to busy making more Hand Marbled Fabric for you.
I was asked for photos of some of my Paintstik Projects, only to discovered I am a bit behind at posting a few things. Spring Maze/Autumn Haze is two blocks and just by changing the setting you can create two completely different quilts. This is the Spring Maze version. I concluded that the blocks were so bright and bold that hand dye border was required. My obsession with Paintstiks continues. Spring Maze looked very organic, a field of wildflowers in full bloom. You will find ferns and dragonflies in two corners and a few little dragon flies randomly in the several center of the blocks. I love it when a plan comes together. The fern and dragonflies added a wonderful little something to my wildflower garden.
This Winter I received this in the mail. This is a group of photos taken of my very first booth setup at a quilt snow. If I remember correctly it is at La Conner Quilt Fest 2004. At that time I just had Hand Dyed Marbled Fabric, a few sample, pillows and Framed Hand Marbled Fabric. Now ten years later, things have changed. I now just fit into a 10′ x 20′ booth, my Hand Dyed Marbled Fabrics have expanded to include Hand Dyed Fabrics(Cotton and Silk), Snowed Dyed Fabrics and Hand Dyed Bamboo Socks. My product line has expanded to include Cotton Batiks, Rayon Batik Scarves, Patterns, Artists Paintstiks, Stencils, a variety of Art Quilting Supplies and Sewing Notions and more. That would be me showing how to use Paintstiks, Brushes and Stencils on Fabric. After all it is my job to tempt you! I’m still at www.marbled-arts.com
Marbled Arts presents:
Fun with Paintstiks & Stencil on Fabric Basic Supplies – Fabric Paintstiks
Painters Tape Brushes (Paintstik & Stencil)
Freezer Paper Stencils
Parchment Paper Cleaners -Cirta-Solv, Murphy Oil Soap or Brush Soap
Paper Towels Sharp Knife
Misc. Supplies – Not necessary, but sure make life more fun.
Grip-N-Grip Permanently Repositionable Spray
Pre-wash fabric using non-detergent soap (Synthrapol)
Cover work area
Wear old clothes
Remove skin from the end of Paintstik using a sharp knife or Potato Peeler
Rub Paintstik onto palette surface (Parchment Paper)
Load paint onto Brush
Apply paint color using a gentle circular motion or dabbing motion.
Simple Stencils – Painters Tape, Freezer paper
Per-Cut Stencils – Use the entire stencil or mask off just part of the stencil
Multiple Colors – Start with the lightest color first
Solid, Transparent or Color Wash
Primers – Titanium White and Beige
Clean Up – Brush as much excess paint onto a paper towel. Dip in your cleaner. Work Paint out with a paper towel. Repeat until brush is clean. Then wash brushes by hand with soap and cool water. If you are using 404 on your stencil, the formula has changed and you will need Rubbing Alcohol to clean the sticky stuff off of the stencil
Heat Setting –
Allow the painted fabric to dry for 3-5 days, and then heat-set to make the colors permanent. Set your iron to the proper setting for the fabric. Place a piece Parchment Paper on your ironing surface, put the fabric paint-side down on the parchment Paper and press. When you think you have heat-set long enough, do it some more. You cannot over heat-set, but to under heat-set is really bad.